Marvel Preview

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Marvel Preview
Cover of Marvel Preview #1 (February 1975).
Art by Neal Adams
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
Science fiction
Sword and sorcery
Publication date1975–Winter 1980 (as Marvel Preview)
March 1981–February 1983 (as Bizarre Adventures)
No. of issues34 (#1–24 as Marvel Preview #25–34 as Bizarre Adventures)
Creative team
Written by

Marvel Preview is a black-and-white comics magazine published by Magazine Management for fourteen issues and the affiliated Marvel Comics Group for ten issues.[1] The final issue additionally carried the imprint Marvel Magazines Group.

Publication history[edit]

An umbrella title that showcased a different heroic-adventure, science-fiction, or sword-and-sorcery character in virtually every issue. The title introduced the Marvel Comics characters Dominic Fortune in issue #2, Star-Lord in #4,[2] and Rocket Raccoon in #7.[3] The vigilante character the Punisher, introduced as an antagonist in the comic book The Amazing Spider-Man, had his first solo story in issue #2.

The magazine experienced scheduling difficulties, with various "Next Issue" announcements proving unreliable. Issue #2 promised an adventure of the Marvel superhero Thor in #3, but a Blade story appeared, with the Thor story remaining unseen until #10. As well, two different issues, #20 and 24, are dated "Winter 1980, at the start and end of the year." Issue #20 was to have included photographs from the Japanese Spider-Man television program, but instead featured Howard Chaykin's Dominic Fortune.[4] In addition, Robert A. Heinlein's lawyers threatened legal action over the cover of Marvel Preview #11, which featured a blurb that described the Star-Lord content as "a novel-length science fiction spectacular in the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein," leading to the issue being pulled and reprinted.[5]

With #25 (March 1981), the title was changed to Bizarre Adventures, which ran for an additional ten issues before ceasing publication.[6] To offset the dark tone of most of the stories, editor Denny O'Neil had writer Steve Skeates produce a humor feature called Bucky Bizarre to close out each issue.[7] A story originally prepared for Marvel's Logan's Run comic book series was published in Bizarre Adventures #28 (Oct. 1981).[8] The final issue, #34, was a standard-sized color comic book, featuring the cover-blurb, "Special Hate the Holidays Issue", with anthological Christmas-related stories, including one starring Howard the Duck.


Issue (cover date) Feature Notes
#1 (1975) "Man-Gods From Beyond the Stars"
#2 (1975) "The Punisher" back-up: Dominic Fortune (debut)
#3 (September 1975) "Blade the Vampire-Slayer" originally was going to be in the never-released Vampire Tales #12
#4 (January 1976) "Star-Lord" (debut) back-up: The Sword in the Star with Prince Wayfinder
#5 (April 1976) "Sherlock Holmes" adaptation of the novel The Hound of the Baskervilles part 1
#6 (Spring 1976) "Sherlock Holmes" The Hound of the Baskervilles part 2
#7 (Summer 1976) "Satana" back-up: The Sword in the Star with Prince Wayfinder, featuring the debut of Rocket Raccoon
#8 (Fall 1976) "The Legion of Monsters" Morbius the Living Vampire, Blade, and Anubis
#9 (Winter 1976) "Man-God" (Hugo Danner) Part 1 of an unfinished adaptation of the novel Gladiator by Philip Wylie
#10 (Winter 1977) "Thor" back-up: Hercules
#11 (Summer 1977) "Star-Lord"
#12 (Fall 1977) "The Haunt of Horror" Lilith and Dracula
#13 (Winter 1978) "The UFO Connection"
#14 (Spring 1978) "Star-Lord"
#15 (Summer 1978) "Star-Lord"
#16 (Fall 1978) "Masters of Terror" Lilith
#17 (Winter 1979) "Blackmark"
#18 (Spring 1979) "Star-Lord"
#19 (Summer 1979) "Kull the Destroyer" back-up: Solomon Kane
#20 (Winter 1980) "Bizarre Adventures" reprints, including Dominic Fortune
#21 (Spring 1980) "Moon Knight" back-up: the Shroud
#22 (Summer 1980) "Merlin"
#23 (Fall 1980) "Bizarre Adventures 2"
#24 (Winter 1980) "Paradox"

Bizarre Adventures[edit]

Issue (cover date) Feature Notes
#25 (March 1981) "Lethal Ladies" The Black Widow; Lady Daemon (debut); the Daughters of the Dragon
#26 (May 1981) "Kull the Barbarian" King Kull; "Demon in a Silvered Glass"—story by Doug Moench, art by John Bolton
#27 (July 1981) "Secret Lives of the X-Men" Phoenix; the Iceman; Nightcrawler
#28 (October 1981) "...These Are the Unlikely Heroes" Elektra; the Shadow Hunter (debut); the Huntsman;[8] Triton; and Bucky Bizarre (debut)
#29 (December 1981) "Stephen King's 'The Lawnmower Man'" Adaptation of the Stephen King short story "The Lawnmower Man"; and stories starring Greenberg the Vampire (debut)[9] and Bucky Bizarre
#30 (February 1982) "Paradox" back ups: Silhouette; Bucky Bizarre
#31 (April 1982) "A Hard Look at Violence" Dr. Deth with Kip and Muffy (debut); the Hangman I (Harlan Krueger; final appearance); Bucky Bizarre
#32 (August 1982) "Thor and Other Gods" backups: the Aquarian; Bucky Bizarre
#33 (December 1982) "The Tomb of Dracula"; "Haunt of Horror"; "Tales of the Zombie"; "Vault of Evil" Dracula; Varnae (debut); the Zombie
#34 (February 1983) "Special Hate the Holidays Issue" Christmas-themed anthology issue, including the Son of Santa (debut and final appearance), Howard the Duck, Dr. Deth with Kip and Muffy (final appearance) and Bucky Bizarre (final appearance)

Collected editions[edit]

  • Essential Punisher Vol. 1 includes the Punisher story from Marvel Preview #2, 568 pages, March 2004, ISBN 978-0785123750
  • Dominic Fortune: It Can Happen Here and Now includes Dominic Fortune story from Marvel Preview #2, 184 pages, February 2010, ISBN 978-0785140429
  • Blade: Black & White includes Blade the Vampire Slayer stories from Marvel Preview #3 and 6, 144 pages, December 2004, ISBN 978-0785114697
  • Star-Lord: Guardian of the Galaxy includes Star-Lord stories from Marvel Preview #4, 11, 14-15, and 18, 424 pages, July 2014, ISBN 978-0785154495
  • Essential Marvel Horror Vol. 1 includes Satana story from Marvel Preview #7, 648 pages, October 2006, ISBN 978-0785121961
  • Rocket Raccoon: Guardian of the Keystone Quadrant includes Rocket Raccoon story from Marvel Preview #7, 120 pages, August 2011, ISBN 978-0785155270
  • Essential Moon Knight Vol. 1 includes the Moon Knight story from Marvel Preview #21, 560 pages, February 2006, ISBN 978-0785120926
  • Black Widow: Web of Intrigue includes the Black Widow story from Bizarre Adventures #25, 176 pages, April 2010, ISBN 978-0785144748
  • Deadly Hands of Kung Fu Omnibus Vol. 2 includes the Daughters of the Dragon story from Bizarre Adventures #25, 1,000 pages, June 2017, ISBN 978-1302901349
  • The Savage Sword of Kull Vol. 1 includes King Kull story from Bizarre Adventures #26, 448 pages, November 2010, ISBN 978-1595825933
  • X-Men: Iceman includes the Iceman story from Bizarre Adventures #27, 120 pages, August 2012, ISBN 978-0785162759
  • X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga includes Phoenix story from Bizarre Adventures #27, 200 pages, April 2012, ISBN 978-0785164210
  • Elektra by Frank Miller Omnibus includes Elektra story from Bizarre Adventures #28, 384 pages, November 2008, ISBN 978-0785127772


  1. ^ Marvel Preview at the Grand Comics Database
  2. ^ Englehart, Steve (n.d.). "Star-Lord". Archived from the original on August 24, 2014. Retrieved December 26, 2010.
  3. ^ Collins, Sean (July 29, 2014). "The Rise of Guardians of the Galaxy's Rocket Raccoon". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on August 22, 2014. An alien transformed by cruel experiments into a warrior with a wicked sense of humor, his first appearance lasted a handful of pages in the black-and-white science-fantasy story 'The Sword in the Star' in Marvel Preview #7.
  4. ^ Saffel, Steve (2007). "Amazing Friends and Secret Wars The 1980s". Spider-Man the Icon: The Life and Times of a Pop Culture Phenomenon. London, United Kingdom: Titan Books. p. 124. ISBN 978-1-84576-324-4. Since Marvel Preview was printed on cheap newsprint, it's possible that [Marvel's editorial staff] decided the photos would look terrible when screened and printed.
  5. ^ Cronin, Brian (February 12, 2009). "Comic Book Legends Revealed #194". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on August 13, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2013. Heinlein’s lawyers contacted Marvel and a new printing was done and the text was removed. In fact, relatively few copies of Marvel Preview #11 exist with the original text.
  6. ^ Bizarre Adventures at the Grand Comics Database
  7. ^ Schwirian, John (June 2009). "The Unique Voice and Vision of Steve Skeates, part 3". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (#34): 81–87.
  8. ^ a b Cronin, Brian (January 31, 2014). "Comic Book Legends Revealed #456". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 7, 2018. Marvel has always been unwilling to just let unused stories go to a Logan’s Run back-up that was likely going to run through Logan’s Run #9 and #10 by Archie Goodwin and Michael Golden instead became a brand-new story in Bizarre Adventures #28!
  9. ^ DeFalco, Tom; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1980s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 202. ISBN 978-0756641238. Writer J. M. DeMatteis and artist Steve Leialoha explored a new take on the vampire myth with Greenberg.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)

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